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Thursday, April 7

Fiddlehead fern or ostrich fern are the common names given to Matteuccia struthiopteris, a unique edible plant.

The fiddleheads of this plant taste similar to asparagus and are rich in Vitamins A, and C. Connoisseurs of wild foods consider it a premium delicacy.

This plant thrives in areas that experience moderate to cold winter and a mild summer season. The winter chill is essential to their growth, and perennial warm climates are unsuitable for growing this fern. Any good wholesale nursery online should be able to offer you this exclusive variety at a reasonable price.

The soil should be organically rich and preferably a little acidic, with a pH value of around 6.0. You can typically find this kind of acidic soil in areas beneath trees where leaf compost is formed. It is critical to ensure that the organic soil is free of herbicides and pesticides, mainly if the fern is used for edible purposes. To grow the fiddlehead fern, it is best to mix an equal amount of soil and compost and prepare the planting hole. The fern usually grows in large patches, so you may also plant them as a bed.

In areas where there is a risk of the soil drying out, a simple drip irrigation system can be installed with a timer to ensure that the moisture is maintained in the soil at any time. If you have a water feature or a pond in your landscape, the fern may be planted near it for improved moisture supply. The plant thrives in shades, but it can tolerate some amount of sun in the morning in colder climes. It is a prudent idea to plant fiddlehead fern along with hellebores and evergreen ferns in frigid regions, which are excellent compliments to it. An online plant nursery may be the most accessible place to procure this fern for your landscape and property.

Source of Information on the Fiddlehead Fern